Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).


Food waste .... or feedstock for biofuels?

Find out what ISU researchers Stephanie Jung and Mark Mba-Wright are learning about how to process bioethanol from food scraps. Leopold Center-funded research takes us from backstage at ISU Dining to a vision of a future of partnerships (between farmers, educators at schools, bioethanol producers and more). Why? To re-purpose the 95 percent of solid food waste that ends up in landfills or incinerators. See story in our Spring newsletter. More about this research grant.